“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”—1 Peter 5:8
Being alert is something Jesus talked to His disciples about while He was praying to the Father at Gethsemane. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38). When we are spiritually alert we are watchful and sober-minded. So what does that look like?
One who is sober-minded utilizes the fruit of self-control. A sober-minded person is aware of their surroundings, and cautious not to let feelings and emotions run their mind. Scripture says, “Do not conformed any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
There is one key that unlocks this powerful Godly Strength… PRAYER! Prayer is powerful. It is the direct communication to the One who enables you with this gift of alertness. God wants us to be alert so that we can be watchful and wise to Satan’s schemes.
If this is your Godly Strength, God has equipped you generously with wisdom of spiritual warfare. God knows our battles and our weaknesses. He wants to sharpen and chisel us to draw us closer to Him. As we grow in this area, we are allowing God to penetrate our every thought, taking it captive and giving it to Him so that we can discern His good and perfect will.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”—Ephesians 6:18
Being alert to spiritual warfare also guides you to recognize distractions from God’s purpose for you. When you are working within God’s plan, Satan will use any means possible to distract you from your purpose. This again, leads us back to prayer. Through all things and in all things, pray! We would love to pray with you. [CLICK HERE] to learn more about our prayer ministry.
Alertness can also lead you to sharing Jesus’ love with others. When we are sensitive to the Spirit, He will guide us in conversation with others that naturally bring up God’s grace. Pray for Spirit-led conversations. Pray while you are talking to a friend or co-worker, that God presents opportunities for you to speak truth and gives you boldness and His words.
While being alert can sometimes lead to anxiety and worry, God says not to be anxious about anything. Instead, remember to be “strong and courageous” knowing God is in total control.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”—Proverbs 3:4-5
When we seek God first in prayer, He promises to guide our paths by being alert and sensitive to His Spirit.
We know prayer is powerful and we would love to strengthen you in prayer. You can contact us at 855.208.0723. Give praise to God for giving you self-control, sober-mindedness, and sensitivity to His Spirit!